Ged Kearney MP - Federal Member for Cooper

Communities Environment Program Grants


Find the expression of interest form here


What you should know

The Communities Environment Program provides funding to local organisations, schools and community groups to address local environmental priorities and strengthen the environment and local communities. 

Grants are available to community organisations for funding between $2,500 and $20,000. Up to $150,000 will be allocated to projects within Cooper with successful applicants to be submitted to the Government for review and final approval. To be eligible for a CEP grant, applicants are encouraged to match CEP grants in cash or in-kind however this is not compulsory. 

Who Can Apply? 

To be eligible for funding your organisation should

  • Have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • Be not-for-profit

And be one of the following:

  • Be a registered incorporated organisation or
  • have an eligible parent that is an incorporated not for profit entity that may apply on your behalf as a project sponsor (and must meet all eligibility requirements)
  • an eligible entity such as a school, an incorporated trustee for a community asset or property, non-distributing co-operative, company limited by guarantee or indigenous not for profit corporation
  • a Regional Land Partnerships service provider acting as a project sponsor to enable a community group to undertake their project
  • a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995 or listed in the guidelines

What type of projects may be funded?

Projects must be mostly on-ground and be undertaken in an eligible location, as defined on the department website. Projects such as the following would be eligible:

  • Planting trees to rehabilitate wetlands and control erosion
  • Planting of trees or food sources for the benefit of native animals
  • Compost and waste-reduction programs
  • Supporting the recovery of threatened species through providing nest boxes and artificial burrows
  • Seed collection and propagation 
  • Reducing sediment, contaminant and nurtient run-off to waterways

The eligibility criteria for entities and projects is outlined in the Grant Opportunity Guidelines at Please read the guidelines before submitting this EOI at to find out if your project is eligible.

It is important that projects can be completed by December 2020 and that outcomes are quantifiable. 

What is the Process?

Step 1. Complete this Expression of Interest form and return to my office by 11pm Sunday 22nd September.

Step 2. If your organisation is nominated for funding, I will invite you to formally apply and send you the link to the Department’s online application.

Step 3. You will be required to complete the online application form. Being invited to apply does not guarantee that your application will be successful.  All applications will be assessed by the department for eligibility.

Step 4. If your grant application is approved, I will notify you and you will be issued a grant agreement by the department.


Find the expression of interest form here